Author Karen Blumenthal manages to write a biography that is honest and well-researched while telling an engaging true story about one of the great innovators of our time, Steve Jobs. She doesn’t shy away from describing some of his well-known quirks, foibles, and less desirable qualities, while also communicating his visionary insight into the intersection of business, technology, and art. She uses his noteworthy commencement speech at Stanford to set the stage and tie things together. We learn about his childhood, his rocky path in college, and his collaboration with Steve Wozniack in his parents’ garage. His constant striving for artistic design of technology, his perfectionism, his relationships with others, his counterculture lifestyle, and more are presented honestly and engagingly for young readers.
Scan the room and look for technological tools that might be connected to Apple and the work of Steve Jobs. Talk about what innovations they might dream up for the future.
For more true stories about innovations and risk takers, look for these biographies and nonfiction works:
Berne, Jennifer. ON A BEAM OF LIGHT. ISBN 9780811872355
Hoose, Phillip. M. CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE. ISBN 0312661053
Macaulay, David. THE NEW WAY THINGS WORK. ISBN 978-0395938478
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